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Collection Development

Collection development and management is undertaken by the Information Resources (IR) staff.

This section provides information for academics and postgraduates wanting to request items for the collection.

Information Resources Liaison programme

The Information Resources Liaison programme provides each academic department with a contact person. The Library contact will work with department staff to ensure they receive information about new publications in their subject areas, new material arriving in the library, and status updates for open orders. More information about the liaison programme.

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Department Library Liaison Information

All departments have a designated staff member who coordinates the recommendations of titles for that department and forwards them to the Library. Information for Department Library Liaisons.

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Recommending material

University staff can make recommendations for purchases in a number of ways;

Recommendations can be posted to Information Resources for Central Library users or to the appropriate branch library via the internal mail. Addresses are as follows:

  • Collection Development Librarian, Information Resources, Central Library  
  • Science Faculty Librarian, Science Library  
  • Health Sciences Faculty Librarian, Medical & Dental Libraries
  • Law Faculty Librarian, Law Library
  • The Robertson Librarian (Education), The Robertson Library

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Contact details of Library staff with expertise and resource responsibility for your area:

Subject Area Information Resource Contact Phone
Education Paula Whitelock 3793
Health Sciences Richard German 7403
Humanities Paula Hasler
Cate Bardwell
Law Kate Thompson 8836
School of Business Rhys Thorn
Cate Bardwell
Sciences Melanie Remy 7486

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Collection Development Policy

University of Otago Library collection development policy (106KB in PDF format)

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A summary of how the Library funds are arranged.